Party Time

The Party of the Season

Let the good times roll at Olneyville's glittering new music venue


The days are short, the temperatures are frigid, the post-holiday blues are in full-swing. Many of us walk around as if we’re weighted down by iron coats this time of year. And just when it looks bleakest, along comes the most eagerly awaited (and dare we say wildest) party of the winter, the Providence Preservation Society’s (PPS) Winter Bash, this year with a Big Easy theme. On February 4, hundreds of urban revelers young and old will descend on Fete – the exciting new Olneyville hot spot – where they’ll dance the night away and turn the gray skies of mid-winter into blue.

PPS was formed in 1956 and has since grown from a small East Side neighborhood group to a large citywide organization; their mission of preserving historic homes and buildings, however, has never changed.

Each year, PPS holds its annual winter party in a historic Providence building that’s mid-restoration, “highlighting preservation in action.” Past winter bashes have taken place in locations that were under restoration or not typically used for parties: Pearl Street Lofts (2004), the Foundry Complex (2005) and 100 Westminster Street (2010). Attendees are invited to sip a cocktail and schmooze it up in a grandiose space that has not only stood the test of time, but has actually gotten better with age.

This year’s gala will take place at a location that has actually complete its restoration, transforming a run down Dike Street building into a stunning live music venue. The New Orleans theme honors the historic redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood. It also means that the dress code to the event is sure to be “Bayou chic.” Lauren Goldenberg, PPS Development Coordinator, suggests we “use our imagination and have fun – (almost) anything goes!” We are envisioning that guests will arrive to the party dressed as if they are the party. Dust off your sequins and feathers, folks.

The bash traditionally brings out “a fun, diverse crowd of artists, young professionals, business, civic and political leaders.” In short, you can expect to bump elbows on the dance floor with people who, according to PPS, have a “passion” for the city and who know how to have a good time.

The Big Easy Winter Bash takes place on Saturday, February 4 from 7-11pm. Fete, which offers valet parking, is located at 103 Dike Street in Providence. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door (if any are available). To purchase your tickets in advance call 831-7440 or go to